Published on May 11th, 2017 | by Seán Ward1
BMW Updates The 4 Series Range: Sharper Handling, More Tech
400,000 sales and four years after BMW introduced the 4 Series, the whole range is being given a subtle makeover for the second half of 2017, including refreshed body panels, more interior tech and a revised suspension set-up.
Starting with the cosmetics first of all, whether you go for a SE, Sport or M Sport trim level you’ll get a new front bumper, new twin-LED headlights (or optional ‘Icon Adaptive’ LED headlights), updated rear lights, a slightly re-profiled rear bumper, four new alloy wheel designs, and two new exterior colours, Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange.
Inside the cabin the changes are subtle. There are new electroplated surrounds for the air vents and the control panels in the doors, chrome bordered air conditioning and audio controls, a gloss black centre console, a new style of interior stitching, and a higher quality leather steering wheel. There are also three new upholstery colours, Night Blue Dakota, Cognac Dakota and Ivory White Dakota, and two new interior trim choices, “Aluminium Carbon with Pearl Chrome highlight and Black High-Gloss with Pearl Chrome highlight”. Wireless phone charging, Wifi and Apple CarPlay are available as options, and BMW Connected is standard.
BMW’s ‘Professional’ navigation system has also been given an upgrade, with an entirely new and customisable interface, as well as the optional ‘Digital Cockpit’, which will change the information displayed and the way it is displayed depending on what mode you have the car in. With Sport engaged, for example, the dials turn red and you’ll only see information like speed, engine revs and how much power the car is using at that moment.
As for the way the 4 Series drives, BMW says it has stiffened the suspension, beefed up the dampers and upgraded the steering, resulting in “reduced roll, more neutral responses when driving at the limit, even greater straight-line stability and the wonderfully precise steering for which BMW is renowned”. The tweaks are small but BMW promises they will make a difference.
The engines remain unchanged. There are three petrols, the 184bhp 420i, 252bhp 430i and 326bhp 440i, and three diesel engines, the 190bhp 420d, 258bhp 430d and 313bhp 435d xDrive.
Finally there’s the M4. Cosmetically the M4 gets the same updates as the standard 4 Series both inside and out, the only extras being M4 logos on the front seats, new forged 20-inch black wheels on the Competition Package, and a £3,000 Exterior Carbon Package.
Power, torque and performance remains exactly the same: 431bhp (450bhp for the Competition Package) and 405lb/ft of torque from a twin-turbo, 3.8 litre straight-six, 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds with a manual gearbox rather than eight-speed auto), and a top speed of 155mph.
Prices start at £32,580 for the 420i and £35,055 for the 420d, and rise to £58,365 for the M4 Coupe.